Rapper DMX arrested for evading 1.7m in taxes

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A famous recording artist, whose given name is Earl Simmons, popularly known by his stage name DMX, is allegedly engaged in a multi-year scheme to hide millions of dollars in income from authorities and owes $1.7 million in taxes.

The rapper turned himself in to authorities on federal charges of tax fraud yesterday, according to New York prosecutors.

Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said the performer took in millions from his performances, television shows and songs including the 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give it to Ya” but skipped paying taxes on his earnings by “avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash.”

The Acting Manhattan US Attorney said in a statement: “Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes, we will pursue those who deliberately and criminally evade this basic obligation of citizenship.”

Following his arrest the 46-year-old known for his deep, rough voice and often dark or violent lyrics is due to appear Friday in Manhattan federal court.

DMX, who gained fame in the early nineties, has a colorful criminal history. He has been arrested over offenses including drug possession, reckless driving, animal cruelty and failing to pay child support.

 

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